Meet Nigeria’s First Skiing Athlete, Samuel Uduigowme Ikpefan
EKO HOT BLOG reports that for the first time in history, Nigeria will field a cross-country skier at the forthcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The athlete’s name is Samuel Uduigowme Ikpefan.
Ikpefan is not only the first Nigerian skier to qualify for the Olympics, but also the first male athlete to make the Winter Games, scheduled to start February 4.
Born in Annemasse in the French Alps, Ikpefan activated his dual nationality switch in 2016, and even travelled down to Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, to convince the Nigerian Skiing Federation of his abilities. Report has it that he is already helping out as a bridge for other Nigerian skiers abroad who wish to represent the West African country.
Skiing is the use of skis to glide on snow. Variations of purpose include basic transport, a recreational activity, or a competitive winter sport. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Ski Federation (FIS).
Originally and primarily a winter sport, skiing can also be practiced indoors without snow, outdoors on grass, on dry ski slopes, with ski simulators, or with roller skis. A treadmill-like surface can also be used, to enable skiing while staying in the same place. Sand skiing involves sliding on sand instead of snow, but the skier uses conventional skis, ski poles, bindings and boots.
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